Now that we have established some hand foundation in Part 4 of this sun salutation series, let me say something really obvious. If you don’t pour all of the weight into your hands before you try to jump back, it’s going to be difficult to get your feet off the floor. It will literally
Transcript below of Why is it easier to do lotus pose upside down? The Question: I currently have left medial knee pain when attempting full lotus pose so for now I only take things as far as half lotus pose. (Smart). When I lay on my back with knees bent, I am able to bring my
Transcript below of why it is easier to do purvottanasana with your fingers pointing away. The Question: All right. Welcome back. This months’ Question of The Month is from Kanjini: Good morning David. Greetings from New Zealand. A little advise please. What do you think o
Frozen shoulder is technically called adhesive capsulitis. The question of whether you should be practicing yoga with a frozen shoulder is not so simple to answer. Where you are in the stages of frozen shoulder matter a great deal! Please, before self-diagnosing, much less trying to d
Subscapularis – Last of the Rotator Cuff Muscles The subscapularis is the last of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff group and is the most powerful of the four. We have already covered the other three muscle in this group, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and the te
Part 4 of the Sun Salutation Series explores the small but important movement of "looking up" after folding forward. There are a couple of key pieces here to consider for opening the hamstrings and planting the seed of handstands.
Supraspinatus is this month's muscle of the month. This simple abductor of the shoulder joint is also the most commonly injured of the four rotator cuff muscles. Check out this simple explanation of the muscle and its function.
The last three quadriceps muscles are this months muscle(s) of the month. We put them together because these three out of four have similar action and attachments. That is, they are dedicated to the action of straightening the knee (extension).
My biggest issue with the current discussions regarding injuries in yoga is the desire to make things measurable and compartmentalized. I know, there is no way around this. We have to talk about the parts and pieces to some degree so that we can understand it all. The place where this
The rectus femoris muscle is one of the four muscles that makes up the quadricep group of muscles. This is the only one that crosses the hip joint and therefore is related to tight hip flexors. Personally, I have come to find that it is critical in allowing the pelvis to move during b
Understanding the core muscles of the body is essential for any type of movement art. In Yoga it is talked about often but we only scratch the surface when we think of it in terms of muscular effort and strength. It also overlaps with stability, movement, and the esoteric bandhas!